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Poster: floksnog Date: Jun 11, 2010 4:42pm
Forum: forums Subject: Copying old texts from the Archive


I am compiling a blog of the folklore of my part of the UK, by lifting paragraphs from out-of-copyright texts. Is it legal to use texts uploaded onto the Internet Archive for this purpose? I derive no financial gain from the blog, though I may at some future date use the information collected to write a book. This (commercial) book would not use direct paragraphs, but would use the stories contained in them, written in my own words.

Here is the blog so far -

Would love to know - the Gnu jargon confused me as to how I attributed text.

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Poster: Parsnip Date: Jun 12, 2010 4:36pm
Forum: forums Subject: Re: Copying old texts from the Archive

If you are using the original text (not a later edition) and it is out of copyright, it is in the Public Domain, and you can do what you like with it.

Be aware, though, that "out of copyright" in the USA is not the same as "out of copyright" in the UK. Anything published before 1923 is out of copyright in the USA, whereas in the UK and the rest of Europe, copyright depends on the author's date of death, and extends to the life of the author plus 70 years, entering the public domain on the 1st January following that period.

Disclaimer: This is my understanding as a lay person. I am not a copyright lawyer etc. etc.

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Poster: anthonypaul Date: Jun 15, 2010 12:12pm
Forum: forums Subject: Re: Copying old texts from the Archive

In other words any UK writer who died before 1940 is out of copyright. Make sure the source is that old though. Modern reprints are sometimes edited, and publishers (often of 'literary' writers) can claim a copyright on the new form of words.